Happy New Year IFB lovelies! I can't believe it's a new year and a new DECADE. So now that it's the first day, it seems like a good time to start something new, like a new blog? Well, in the past few years, I've gotten quite a few emails asking how to start a blog.
So how do you start a blog? Is it easy? For those of you who started blogging, think back… I don't know about you, but I sat on starting a blog for years, reading other people's blogs, browsing around, lurking, starting a blog then deleting it, my first blog was in 2004… it sucked! It wasn't until 2007, three years later that I started The Coveted and found a subject I was passionate enough to maintain it every day for years on end.
Off the top of my head, my advice is just do it. It doesn't matter how you do it, what it's about, why you have the need to make blogging a part of your life, but just doing it is the only way to get started. The beauty of blogging is that you don't have to share it right away, and for most people it takes time to find their own voices, so don't worry about it. You won't get better if you don't practice.
Figure out what you want
Why are you blogging? Do you want a place to keep all your inspirations, do you want to make money, or are you looking to take over the world?
Glossing over the vast majority of blogs out there, it may seem like we all want the same thing, but if you look closer at what’s really going on, there’s a lot of variety in terms of opportunities. Figuring out what you want will not only help develop your blog, it will help you get the most out of your experience.
From IFB Post: Figuring out what you really want for your blog?
Find the right platform for your blog
What platform should you use for your blog? Blogger? WordPress? Typepad? Tumblr? OnSugar? The choices are overwhelming…
To tell the truth, I don’t believe there is a unilaterally great blog platform. And there is nothing that says that whatever blog platform you use, you’ll be stuck with forever. They all have their good points and bad points, and I don’t believe that one blog platform will make your blog successful. I do however know there are a lot of great options out there, and it’s just a matter of finding the right one to suit your needs.
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Familiarize yourself with the do's and don'ts…
Ever hear about the FTC ruling? Wonder about copyright violations with images? Clueless as to what journalists are griping about when it comes to bloggers not adhering to any code of ethics? As much as bliss ignorance holds, not familiarizing yourself with the ropes can get you burned.
Develop a unique voice
Nowadays, everyone and their dog has a blog, and even the fashion blogosphere is getting incredibly crowded. So how do you make your blog stand out from the crowd? By developing a unique & personal voice. Here are some tips to help you doing so.
From IFB Post : Refining your unique voice
Build your community
Blogging is a social media tool. The key word being social, blogging really isn't a solitary sport.
When people ask me how to get their blogs ‘out there’ I always tell them two things 1. great content and 2. participate in the community. Getting in contact with other bloggers may seem daunting at first, but believe you me, that once you do, it soon becomes one of the benefits of blogging.
From IFB Post: How to reach out to other bloggers